Takatu Lodge & Vineyard is a hidden gem, only found by the seeker of a distinctive and unique place.
Spending most of my teenage years visiting family in Snells Beach; close neighbour to Matakana, summer was always the favourite time for all. With BBQ's in the backyard, tents propped up on the front lawn and beach towels hanging out to dry, our life was of luxury.
Some weekends were spent out at Omaha Beach, with memories of charging across the scolding hot sand, ouching and ooing all the way to the surf which came as a relief for our feet, but sometimes not so much for our sun warmed bodies. The sea was so clear and cool that it took a few 1,2 3's to plunge our bodies under the surf.
Kawau Island brought us some unforgettable days. Bouncing around the waves on an inner tube of a tractor tyre, being hurled around the back of an ol' tinnie while the adults dived for scallops. It was so much fun, that you laughed so hard that you uncontrollably fell off the tyre as the rope hoisted you head first into the ocean. At the end of the day, our sunkissed skins relished the evening balmy breeze while we indulged on fresh scallops barbequed on an open fire at Lady's Bay on the east side of Kawau Island.....watching the sun descend behind Matakana.
So it comes as no surprise that I find myself residing many years later in Matakana. But now there is another playing field, a grown ups playing field, with delectable local products and produce to be enjoyed at the Matakana Farmers Market on a Saturday, restaurants and cafes of a high standard, vineyards with internationally acclaimed wines, including our very own Takatu wines and local resident artists showcasing their talents.
With over 30 years in hospitality and tourism, I bring with me my passion for food, wine and art. Travelling has taken me to some of the most amazing hidden gems, places where cultural food and art brought out the core of a community, providing the consumer with an unforgettable experience of all their senses.
Personally being involved in food, wedding and events coordinating, and tour operating in remote and tropical locations, it was the greatest of pleasure and satisfaction to see our visitors take a part of their experience away with them.
Guests found time to absorb the tranquility, relax and enjoy the peace that surrounded them, bringing back the familiarity of the times of less hurried, with one self or the ones dear to their hearts.
Takatu Vineyard & Lodge is one of those hidden gems, located in a remarkable and intriguing village of Matakana with fascinating and adventurous playgrounds at such close proximity. Explore for yourself and take some special memories away with you.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Sharon Greene and the Takatu Vineyard & Lodge Team